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Shower Drain and Grout Issues

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[OP]
Member
May 2, 2014
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Shower Drain and Grout Issues

I cannot screw on the shower drain cover. (i do not have the screws, unable to find replacement screws, unable to find a cover with holes that are aligned to the flange holes, and i think the threads on the white flange are stripped anyways). How easy would it be just to replace the white flange part of the drain and start new?

Also, some of the grout lines on the shower floor around the drain are always wet. Why is this and is this a problem?

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Deal Addict
Jan 21, 2011
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Get some slightly bigger stainless steel screws from Home Depot. Maybe try some #8 x 1/2” . Go one size up over what you had there. Pick up #6, 8, and 10, but I think 8 might be the right ones.
Jr. Member
May 12, 2021
135 posts
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You may have a old school pan liner. Scroll to 6:40 to see how the drain barrel fits.



Regarding your wet grout, take note of the weeping holes in the clamping flange 5:40 in the video. These weep holes lead to the inside of the drain. The inside of your drain looks packed with bio sludge, no doubt that the weeping hole can’t drain. Clear out the bio sludge.

Regarding the stripped holes, fill with epoxy and drill some new holes. Get some stainless countersunk screws.

Witlans 460Pcs Phillips Flat Head Self-Tapping Screws Assortment Kit, Stainless Steel Cross Drive Countersunk Head Tapping Screws Set with Storage Box(M2 M3 M4/15 Sizes) https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08G52RSBL/ref ... UTF8&psc=1
ausername wrote: I cannot screw on the shower drain cover. (i do not have the screws, unable to find replacement screws, unable to find a cover with holes that are aligned to the flange holes, and i think the threads on the white flange are stripped anyways). How easy would it be just to replace the white flange part of the drain and start new?

Also, some of the grout lines on the shower floor around the drain are always wet. Why is this and is this a problem?

image: https://ibb.co/VT7S8yg
[OP]
Member
May 2, 2014
443 posts
162 upvotes
thanks alot for posting that video - really helpful. i will plug the drain pipe so i can fill and let sit vinegar or CLR in the drain barrel to dissolve all that calcification and sludge.

I will also take a look at the epoxy. just one question, are the tapping screws that you linked supposed to be used to fasten the drain cover as well? or are those tapping screws just to create a thread in the epoxy?
Jr. Member
May 12, 2021
135 posts
61 upvotes
Yes to fasten the drain cover down. Instead on buying a whole kit, you can match up the screws in the bin in the hardware isle in homedepot. The bulk bins will have stainless countersunk screws. You might get away with going 1 size up instead of using epoxy.

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